Letter from the Editor
by Caroline Ellis, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Equal Pay for Women Would Decrease US Poverty
by Heidi Hartmann and Elyse Shaw, Institute for Women's Policy Research
Equal pay for working women is an essential lever for decreasing family poverty and growing the US economy.
It's Not Like I'm Poor:
Perceptions of the Earned Income Tax Credit
by Sarah Halpern-Meekin, University of Wisconsin
Government assistance through tax-refund checks offers financial and psychological benefits to lower-income working families without the stigma of many other means-tested programs.
Mapping New England: Earned Income Tax Credit
by Marco Gorini and Kaili Mauricio, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Among the areas where the most residents are taking advantage of their earned "bonus" at tax time are rural counties in Maine and Vermont.
Older Workers in Northern Vermont
by Patricia M. Sears, NEKTI Consulting
With more transportation and job-information services available, older residents are aiming to contribute more to northern Vermont's revitalization
Bridging Disparities in Small Business Access to Capital
by Lawrence Andrews and Carmen Panacopoulos
Small businesses that need capital may have an equally great need for assistance in building their capacity.
Savings on Prepaid Cards: An Opportunity for Both
Consumers and Industry
by Brian Clarke, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
New tools are emerging to help consumers access affordable financial services and save for emergencies.
How Immigrants Subsidize Care for Seniors
by Leah Zallman, Adriana Bearse, Lisa Arsenault, and Blessing Dube, Institute for Community Health
Between 1996 and 2011, immigrants contributed $182.4 billion more to Medicare's Hospital Insurance Trust Fund than the Fund expended on their health-care benefits.
Viewpoint: Giving a Voice to Communities of Color
by Steve McDonagh, Union of Minority Neighborhoods
A nonprofit committed to building power and leadership in black and brown communities is pioneering a multifaceted approach.
Circles and Marketplaces: Spaces for Transforming Community Life
by Bill Traynor and Frankie Blackburn,
Trusted Space Partners
New kinds of community moments for connection and exchange are helping communities build diverse